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People United Center

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People United Center
Established2003; 18 years ago (2003)
  • Mártires de la Ventilla 103
    Almenara, Madrid, Spain
Iván Lendrino Tejerina
AffiliationsJesuit, Catholic

People United Center, the San Juan del Castillo Foundation, in Madrid, Spain, was founded by the Jesuits in 2003 and offers services for immigrants, for the local migrant families, and for the unemployed.


People United Center originated when a Jesuit priest at Francis Xavier parish in the La Ventilla neighorhood of Madrid looked to assist immigrant families in educating children and in finding job placements. Other Jesuit parishes joined in this work and in 2003 the San Juan del Castillo Foundation was founded.[1] While immigrant families have been a focus of the Foundation, its work with all the unemployed increased after the economic crisis of 2008.[2]

The Center has eight office spaces, four rooms for group work, and a classroom for forty people.[3] The history of the Center has been portrayed in images.[4]


Several lines of assistance developed: employability training,[5] labor insertion,[6][7] housing, and legal assistance; education for all ages,[8][9] community development, and inter-religious dialogue; and volunteerism and advocacy.[10] There are seven hired staff and about 200 volunteers. Financing comes from the municipality and community, from Catholic parishes and organizations, and from partners and private donors.[11] The Sub-Saharan welcome program numbered about 400 clients in its first ten years, most of whom are now gainfully employed.[12] The Center includes in its programs an urban summer camp for children.[13]

People United accompanies those detained in Spanish detention centres, especially where relatives are unable to visit the facility; it furnishes things like clothing, hygienic kits, and telephone cards; it defends legal rights, such as to religious practice and to proper procedure for expulsion. Public advocacy and reports by People United[14][15][16] have produced improvements in conditions and volunteers from People United now visit Aluche Center every weekday.[17] Two members of the Center's staff produced the chapter on "Forced Expulsions in Spain" for the book "Fear, Insecurity, and Social Control".[18] In 2017 a lawyer from the Center argued before Congress on the inefficiency and illegality of the CIEs.[19]


  1. "HOAC | Daniel Izuzquiza, Pueblos Unidos: "¡Los centros para extranjeros son agujeros negros!" | Hermandad Obrera de Acción Católica". www.hoac.es. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  2. "historia". Pueblos Unidos. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  3. "Centro Pueblos Unidos – Fundación San Juan del Castillo". Mesa de Empleo Tetuán (in español). 2015-01-07. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  4. pueblosunidosmadrid (2013-12-27), Historia de Pueblos Unidos en imágenes 18/12/2013, retrieved 2017-11-21
  5. Cristina (2014-01-07). "OFERTAS DE TRABAJO Y RECURSOS DE EMPLEO: Cursos Pueblos Unidos Enero". OFERTAS DE TRABAJO Y RECURSOS DE EMPLEO. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  6. "Alternate employment possibilities forum". www.lawyerpress.com. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  7. "Centro Pueblos Unidos - Fundación Fernando Pombo". www.fundacionpombo.org (in español). Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  8. apla. "noticia/Pueblos Unidos: Cursos gratuitos Comunidad de Madrid". www.apla.org.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-11-21.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  9. "Nuevos cursos de formación laboral en Pueblos Unidos". Aquí Tetuán (in español). 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  10. "Centro Pueblos Unidos - Fundación Fernando Pombo". www.fundacionpombo.org (in español). Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  11. "Boletines". Pueblos Unidos. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  12. "Baobab: 10 años y 400 subsaharianos atendidos, la mayoría ya regularizados". Alfa y Omega (in español). Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  13. "Summer Service : Saint Louis University Madrid Campus : SLU". www.slu.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  14. Alaminos, Rosa Maria Carrascosa. "La organización jesuita Pueblos Unidos presentó en Comillas su informe sobre los centros de internamiento de extranjeros de 2013". Universidad Pontificia Comillas (in español). Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  15. "Pueblos Unidos presenta su Informe 2013 "CIE, Criminalizados, Internados, Expulsados" | Entreculturas". www.entreculturas.org. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  16. "Inmigrantes, con derecho a casi nada". Vida Nueva - Revista y portal de noticias religiosas y de Iglesia (in español). 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  17. "HOAC | Daniel Izuzquiza, Pueblos Unidos: "¡Los centros para extranjeros son agujeros negros!" | Hermandad Obrera de Acción Católica". www.hoac.es. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  18. Miedo, inseguridad y control social (in español). Cáritas Española. September 2011. pp. 153ff. ISBN 9788484404750. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  19. Press, Europa (2017-06-22). "Pueblos Unidos expone en el Congreso la "ineficacia" de los CIE y pide "medidas imaginativas" ante inmigración irregular". europapress.es (in español). Retrieved 2017-11-21.

Coordinates: 40°28′19.27″N 3°41′35.86″W / 40.4720194°N 3.6932944°W / 40.4720194; -3.6932944

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